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Late Night Round-Up: Deflated News

The ongoing sports scandal involving “deflated balls” was obviously prime material for the late night comedians.

January 23, 2015

Prosecutors Appeal Pistorius’ Five-Year Sentence For Killing Girlfriend

The Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius was acquitted of murder, but the South African National Prosecuting Authority will appeal the controversial acquittal.

October 27, 2014

Oscar Pistorius Convicted Of Negligent Killing, Could Face Jail Time

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times PRETORIA, South Africa — South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius, who was cleared of murder in the killing of his girlfriend, was convicted Friday on the lesser charge of culpable homicide. Judge Thokozile Masipa accepted the athlete’s defense that he mistook Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder. But she found that […]

September 12, 2014

Pistorius Found Not Guilty Of Murder

Pretoria (AFP) – “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius was found not guilty of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp Thursday, a shock decision that left the South African celebrity athlete sobbing with emotion in the dock. “The state clearly has not proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of premeditated murder,” Thokozile Masipa told the […]

September 11, 2014

What Was Oscar Pistorius Thinking When He Fired The Gun?

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — What was Oscar Pistorius thinking? For all the minute testimony in the South African athlete’s murder trial — about dents in a door made by a cricket bat, positions of curtains, power cords, and duvets in his bedroom, the forensics of bullet wounds — Pistorius’ […]

August 4, 2014

Oscar Pistorius Blames Businessman For Weekend Altercation At Club

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was involved in an altercation at an upscale nightclub Saturday and later insisted that a businessman accosted him aggressively, according to South African media. But the businessman, Jared Mortimer, who runs a clothing company, told the Star newspaper that Pistorius was drunk, poked […]

July 15, 2014

Scandal Erupts Over South Africa’s ‘Farm Of Horrors’

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — When animal inspectors arrived at a deserted South African farm this past weekend, they found stomach-churning neglect. Dozens of animals — including pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, and geese — were dead or dying, abandoned without food or water. The “farm of horrors,” as South African media called […]

July 8, 2014

Defense In Oscar Pistorius Murder Trial Opposes Mental Evaluation

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — The defense attorney for Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday strongly contested an application by the prosecution to send the athlete to a state mental hospital for 30 days of psychiatric tests after a psychiatrist diagnosed him with an anxiety disorder. Barry Roux said there were no grounds to order […]

May 13, 2014

South African Prosecutor Seeks Psychiatric Test For Oscar Pistorius

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times PRETORIA, South Africa — A South African prosecutor said he will ask the Pretoria high court on Tuesday to order a full psychiatric evaluation of double amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius after a psychiatrist testified she had diagnosed him with a mental disorder. Pistorius is on trial for the murder […]

May 12, 2014

South Africa’s ANC Set To Win National Election As Counting Continues

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s governing African National Congress was headed for victory after the tallying of 70 percent of votes in Wednesday’s national election, but its major opponent made significant gains. The ANC had won 62.5 percent of the vote in the latest tabulations, compared with 65.9 percent in the […]

May 8, 2014

South Africans Vote, Some Under Heavy Security

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times BEKKERSDAL, South Africa — Hundreds of police and soldiers enforced calm Wednesday as voters lined up in this trash-strewn township southwest of Johannesburg where angry gas-bomb throwing mobs have rioted repeatedly in recent months over lack of government services. South Africans went to the polls Wednesday to cast ballots in […]

May 7, 2014

Pistorius Was ‘Broken’ After Shooting Girlfriend, Friend Says

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — A friend of Oscar Pistorius testified Monday that the South African Olympian appeared “broken” as he wept, prayed and begged his girlfriend not to die in the minutes after he fatally shot her on Valentine’s Day last year. Pistorius’ murder trial resumed Monday after a two-week break, […]

May 5, 2014

Prosecutor Attacks Credibility Of Oscar Pistorius Expert Witness

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — An expert witness called by the defense team of South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius testified about bullet wounds, blood spatter, bruises, ballistics, sound, light, fibers and a toilet door — but acknowledged Wednesday that he wasn’t a pathologist or ballistics expert and had no training in analyzing […]

April 16, 2014

Prosecutors Conclude Gruelling Pistorius Cross-Examination

Pretoria (AFP) – The prosecution completed its cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius Tuesday, ending five emotional days of intense interrogation that raised serious doubts about the star Paralympian’s version of what happened on the night he shot dead his model girlfriend. “I have nothing further for this witness,” said prosecution lawyer Gerrie Nel, after relentless questioning […]

April 15, 2014

Pistorius Admits ‘No Reason’ To Fire Fatal Shots

Pretoria (AFP) – In a pummelling cross-examination, the prosecution called Oscar Pistorius’s account of killing his girlfriend “impossible” on Thursday, zeroing in on apparent inconsistencies in key parts of his testimony. “Your version is so improbable that nobody would ever think it’s reasonably, possibly true it’s so impossible,” Prosecutor Gerrie Nel thundered during his second […]

April 10, 2014

Prosecutor To Oscar Pistorius: ‘You killed Her…Take Responsibility’

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times PRETORIA, South Africa — Prosecutor Gerrie Nel launched an aggressive cross-examination Wednesday of South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius, on trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Nel pounced when Pistorius admitted that people around the world used to look up to him as a sporting hero until he […]

April 9, 2014

Distraught Oscar Pistorius Testifies At Murder Trial, Apologizes

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times PRETORIA, South Africa — Olympian Oscar Pistorius made a tearful apology to the family of his girlfriend Monday as he stood trial for fatally shooting her in the early hours of Valentine’s Day last year. Pistorius took the stand to tell the court his version of what happened that […]

April 7, 2014

Steenkamp Told Pistorius He Sometimes Scared Her

Pretoria (AFP) – Oscar Pistorius’s girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp told the athlete she was sometimes scared of him in a text message sent less than three weeks before he shot her dead, his murder trial heard Thursday. “I’m scared of you sometimes and how you snap at me and how you react to me,” Steenkamp said […]

March 24, 2014

Pistorius Trial Witness: Screams Sounded Like ‘Family Murder’

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — The murder trial of South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius on Monday heard more testimony that a terrified woman screamed the night that the athlete shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The athlete’s defense team has argued that no one screamed the night of the shooting except […]

March 24, 2014

Pistorius Trial: Ballistics Expert Details Steenkamp’s Final Moments

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — The final, horrific moments in Reeva Steenkamp’s life came into focus Wednesday at the murder trial of South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, as a ballistics expert offered graphic testimony on how she died. Ballistics expert Chris Mangena told the court that Steenkamp, Pistorius’ girlfriend, was […]

March 19, 2014

Pistorius’ Lawyer Tries To Shake Police Photographer’s Testimony

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — In a sign of how crucial police photos may be in the murder trial of Oscar, the Olympic athlete’s attorney spent most of Tuesday’s session in Pretoria’s high court trying to demolish the credibility of the photographic evidence. Pistorius has pleaded not guilty to the murder of […]

March 18, 2014

Police Photos Show Traces Of Blood In Pistorius’ Bedroom

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — Police photographs show unexplained drops of blood on the wall above the left-hand bedside table and bed headboard and on the duvet in the main bedroom of South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, according to evidence at his trial Monday. The blood spatters appear to have been […]

March 17, 2014

Stolen Watch Taints Police In Pistorius Probe

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Police investigating the shooting of model and lawyer Reeva Steenkamp by her boyfriend, South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius, had to open another investigation into themselves — over the theft of a valuable watch when only police were present, hours after she died. The embarrassing revelation that […]

March 14, 2014

Oscar Pistorius Retches As His Murder Trial Hears Autopsy Evidence

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times PRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius bent over in his seat and retched violently at his murder trial Monday as a pathologist graphically detailed the wounds that killed the double-amputee Olympic runner’s girlfriend. It was by all appearances a harrowing day for Pistorius, who is accused of the premeditated […]

March 10, 2014

Pistorius Murder Trial: Witness Recalls Loud Arguing Before Shots

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times PRETORIA, South Africa — A neighbor of Olympian Oscar Pistorius told the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday that she thought she heard a woman loudly arguing with someone the night the athlete shot dead his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp. Estelle Van der Merwe, who lives less than 100 […]

March 4, 2014